Rusty the Scoob,
I know what you mean about Phil being all over. Yet whatever he does always sounds great, and always fits the song. There's gotta be some way to talk about it and convey his concepts. Your vid is a start, thanks a lot for sending it my way.
I know about arpeggios (though I need to work on them more, particularly for things other than major chords), and I get the concept of the passing tone.
I followed you through the discussion of the Bb passing tone, and then you went to the octave A. But I lost you soon after that.
I'll try again. I particularly had trouble following with the end where you're walking the bass all over. I'm afraid I don't yet have the knack of walking the bass, though I wish I could. It sounds good when you do it.
I'm willing to work on Cassidy, or any Dead song. I'm also particularly interested in learning:
Fire on the Mountain (only 2 chords
Iko Iko (also only 2 chords, I think)
(though I guess I'm getting outside the content of this topic by mentioning them)
If you think some of those are easier than GDTRFB, I can work on those first, then work up to GDTRFB.
I love the way Phil plays, and I don't see any books or DVDs on how to do it. I wish Phil or someone would put out something like that.
I appreciate you showing us how to do some of it.